February 1943 (2)

"Warm Reception" by Jim Dietz of the Guadalcanal Cactus Air Force.

“Warm Reception” by Jim Dietz of the Guadalcanal Cactus Air Force.

7-18 February – Chiang Kai-shek agreed to use his forces in the Burma campaign, but as usual, this was in exchange for a promise of even more US financial aid.  Mahatma Gandhi started his 21-day hunger strike in India in his non-violent opposition to British policies in his country.

Chindits 1943

Chindits 1943

The 47th and 55th Indian Brigades were beaten back at Donbaik in the Arakan peninsula.  The Chindits opposed the enemy for the first time on the 18th in Burma and advanced.  They managed to cut the Japanese railroad line between Mandalay and Myitkyina.

New Guinea

New Guinea

12 February – the Allies initiated the Elkton Plan; a campaign designed by MacArthur to eject the Japanese from New Guinea, New Britain and the Solomons.  This would isolate the enemy headquarters at Rabaul.  (The original plan included capturing Rabaul, but was scrapped due to D.C.’s Casablanca decisions.)  In response to their loss of Guadalcanal, the Japanese began to pour reinforcements onto New Guinea, including the 18th Army, under LtGen. Adachi Hatazo, and the 4th Air Army.

Solomon Islands and surrounding area.

Solomon Islands and surrounding area.

21 February – Operation Cleanslate began as an effort to reclaim the Solomons.  US assault battalions took Russell Island, NW of Guadalcanal.  This was the first operation as part of a larger plan – Operation Cartwheel, working up from the south and east to re-capture the Pacific.  This plan was the coordinated strategy of MacArthur and Adm. Nimitz.

22 February – a serious POW incident occurred at Featherston, New Zealand.  With thanks  to a lead from Ian at the Aussie  Emu, an article on this event will be the subject of the following post.

Jeep convoy on the Burma Road

Jeep convoy on the Burma Road

28 February – a new Burma Road was completed, which allowed supplies to be transported by land to the Chinese forces in Burma rather than air dropped.  The road ran 300 miles (428 km) from Ledo to southern China.  It was constructed by US Army Engineers and 14,000 laborers.

By the end of February, Gen. Wavell’s staff at New Delhi, India Headquarters decided the Arakan expedition should be halted, but Churchill wouldn’t hear of it.  The Prime Minister continued to feel that the Japanese were a “numerically insignificant opposition.”  It was later discovered that the troops were staying on the roads, thereby making themselves easy targets for the enemy.  This strategy was revised.

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Military Humor – Sad Sack cast….

Sad Sack and cast

Sad Sack and cast

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Farewell Salutes – 

Eric Bradshaw – Wandoan, AUS; RA Air Force # 124491

Leroy Dunn – Wilmington, NC; USMC, WWII, PTO11986973_1183822258300441_3544440820007753006_n.jpgfrom, Falling with Hale

Howard Greenberg – Bay Village, OH; US Army Air Corps, WWII, 221st Medical/11th A/B

Herbert Hart – Arlington, VA; USMC, Korea, Vietnam, Middle East, Captain, 2 Purple Hearts

Gilbert Lysaker – Fargo, ND; US Army, WWII, ETO, 82nd A/B, 2 Purple Hearts, Bronze Star

Leo Monahan – Broad Channel, NY; US Army, WWII

Bobby Plaster – Huntington, WVA; USMC, WWII

Joshua Stevens – Dagsbord, DE; US Army Air Corps, Korea, 187th RCT

Barrie Tarr – Thames, NZ; RNZ Navy # NZ125539, Korea

Andrew Weathers – DeRidder, LA; US Army, Afghanistan, Sgt., 7th Special Forces A/B

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About GP Cox

Everett Smith served with the Headquarters Company, 187th Regiment, 11th A/B Division during WWII. This site is in tribute to my father, "Smitty." GPCox is a member of the 11th Airborne Association. Member # 4511 and extremely proud of that fact!

Posted on September 14, 2015, in Uncategorized, WWII and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 48 Comments.

  1. sometimes I think , it is madness
    there is only one moto—- to earn platform for economy growth

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  2. Once again a great look back into those tumultuous days of the war gp.
    I admit I am not very knowledgeable about the Chindits role in the overall war efforts, but will leave it up to you to enlighten me on later posts.
    Thanks for the mention also mate.
    Cheers.

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  3. One of these days, I’d sure like to read about your take on the “interaction” between Nimitz and MacArthur..! *wink* *wink*

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  4. The Twentysomething Social Recluse

    Really interesting post. As always with your blog, I learnt something new 🙂

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  5. If there’s one guy that epitomises the human side …

    … it’s Sad Sack (he’s my hero).

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  6. Thank you so much for sharing so much information! I love that every time a read your posts I learn something new about the men and women who proudly protected their home. The pictures are very helpful in understanding the era and giving the article context. As always a wonderful article!

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  7. I too learned something new! Love the first picture “warm reception”, Everett,

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  8. The Solomon Islands is one place I am sure my father was during the war. These posts are helpful to me in piecing some of his history together. Thank you.

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  9. Informative, as always, but most of all, I loved the painting of the Wildcat fighters. For some reason, perhaps the triumph of the camera, we seem to have forgotten the people who portrayed the war in paint or other mediums.

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  10. Well presented, as always!

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  11. I didn’t know that Japan also invaded Papua New Guinea… I guess there’s so many things my history teacher failed to share with us. Hehehe!

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  12. I never hear much about the Chinese contribution to the war. So I like that you’ve included that.

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  13. The Ledo Road can still be seen on Google earth. I don’t know how much of it is still passable.

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  14. Great illustration to open your post. It prompted me to look at the artist’s website.

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  15. Sad Sack seems to have a resemblance to SNAFU and he seems to have a resemblance to Elmer Fudd, I think I see a pattern emerging 🙂

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  16. So much fighting, in just one month. No matter how much I read about the war, I keep learning all the time.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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